Learn about developing marketing goals and strategy

When all of your marketing efforts fit into a strategy that supports the goals of your organization, you’ll be able to better prove the value of your programs and campaigns. Learn to centralized your efforts by developing your marketing goals and strategy.

Marketers often find it challenging to prove the value of their efforts. But if all of your initiatives fit into a strategy that is designed to support the goals of your organization and to measure the resulting impact, this won’t be a problem for you, especially if you are using powerful marketing tools like those available in Marketo. Because when you have marketing goals defined along with the strategies that support them and measurements for success, you’ll have a clear path to building initiatives in Marketo, designed to support your organization’s goals, whatever they might be.
Your marketing strategy includes all the different components that you use to obtain your market’s attention. These components include actions such as research, advertising, and promotion, but central to your marketing strategy are four core elements. What to promote, what is your product or service and how do you depict your brand? Who to promote it to? Who is your target market? Where to promote it? Through social media, television, radio, newspaper? How to promote it. How can your message have the most impact? Your marketing strategy affects the way you run your entire business, so it should be planned and developed in consultation with your team. It is a wide reaching and comprehensive strategic planning tool that describes your business and its products. Explains the position and role of your products in the market. Profiles your customers and your competition. Identifies the marketing tactics you will use and allows you to build a marketing plan and measure its effectiveness. A marketing strategy sets the overall vision and direction for your marketing. This is different from a marketing plan. A marketing plan outlines the specific actions you will take to implement your marketing strategy. While your marketing strategy could be developed to cover the next few years, your marketing plan usually describes tactics for the current year.
Effective marketing starts with a considered well-informed marketing strategy that helps you in several important ways. It helps you define your vision, mission, and business goals and outlines how you will achieve them. It helps you build a strong reputation for your products. It helps you target your products and services to the people most likely to buy them. And it usually involves creating powerful ideas to raise awareness and sell your products. To develop your marketing strategy, identify your overarching business goals so that you can define a set of marketing goals to support them. Your business goals might include increasing awareness, selling more products, or reaching a new customer segment. When setting goals, make sure you define them, so that you’ll be able to measure the business metrics that you use to define success. A simple criteria for goal setting is the smart method, in which goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound.
Here are a few things to consider in order to ensure success in developing your marketing goals and strategy. Think strategically. Include stakeholders from across your organization and your strategic discussions as your marketing strategy will impact everyone in the organization. Research your market. Research is an essential element in developing a marketing strategy. You’ll want to gather information about your market, such as its size, growth, social trends, and demographics. Continue to keep an eye on your market so you’re aware of any changes that might require updates to your strategy. Profile your potential customers. Use your market research to create buyer personas. Personas are fictional representations of your ideal customers that are developed based on customer demographics and behavior along with your own understanding of their motivations and challenges. For more on this, check out our module on creating buyer personas. Profile your competitors. As part of your marketing strategy, you should develop a profile of your competitors by identifying their products, supply chains, pricing, and marketing tactics. Use this to identify your competitive advantage. Define your goals. With personas created and buyer journeys mapped, you can define the marketing goals that contribute to the success of your organization. Develop your key performance indicators. Once you have marketing goals defined, you can set your key performance indicators or KPIs for success. Develop your marketing strategies. With your goals and measurements defined, now you can design a set of strategies to achieve them. An example goal could be to increase young people’s awareness of your products. And a corresponding strategy could be to increase your online social media presence by posting regular updates about your product on Twitter or Facebook. Create a cross-channel strategy. When creating your marketing strategy consider all of your channels and how they will work together to support your marketing initiatives. Use the seven Ps of marketing. Your strategy is more likely to be a success when you consider and implement a combination of product, price, promotion, place, people, process, and physical evidence in your marketing. Test your ideas. In deciding your tactics, do some online research. Test ideas and approaches and review what works. You’ll probably need to use various tactics to reach the customers within your target market, meet their needs, and improve your sales results.
In order to determine if your marketing strategy is working, you need to measure key performance indicators, or KPIs. A KPI is a measure of an activity that provides insight into your return on investment in that activity. This includes the programs, messaging, and content you create and share using Marketo. There are three main types of KPIs, tactical, strategic, and operational. Tactical KPIs are used by marketers to understand how well their initiatives are performing in a specific channel, such as email, mobile, social, or the web. Measurement usually centers around buyer behaviors, such as opens, clicks, page visits, content downloads, and form submissions. Strategic KPIs are typically focused on results, rather than buyer behaviors. In other words, they help determine overall marketing performance versus specific behaviors, like opens and clicks. For instance, strategic KPIs can provide insight into how many new opportunities were created as the result of combined email programs over a specific timeframe. They can also identify how much additional pipeline was driven by marketing, how much pipeline became opportunities that closed, and how much revenue was generated due to marketing. Operational KPIs are typically indicators of alignment between your cross-functional teams, and can help pinpoint areas for improvement in the sales and marketing funnel. For example, you might have KPIs that track the number of leads pass to sales. How many of those became sales qualified, and how many were rejected? By examining the reasons for rejections, you can identify ways to improve the quality of leads past to sales. Now that you have a grounding in the reasons for developing marketing goals and strategies it’s time to start down the path of developing them for your organization. -